Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

Around 10,000 undergrads attend the University of Idaho, a school in Moscow, Idaho. The school sits in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Nestled in a small community, this school is a hub for sports enthusiasts, many of whom relocate to nearby cities after graduation (Boise, Idaho, Seattle, Wash., and Spokane, Wash. are some popular choices). The data for this synopsis comes from former UI students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
High School Teacher
4 salaries
Operations Manager
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348

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About This School

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UI work in a variety of sectors including the engineering services industry, the food manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the architectural services industry. Those with an education from the UI earn an average of $63K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $55K per year compared to men, who earn $76K.


UI grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $100K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Attorneys and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach about $81K and $73K, respectively. Design Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $53K in this job.


Boise, Idaho is a hot spot for UI alum. It is also not uncommon to find former UI students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $78K. Many former Vandals can't resist staying in Moscow after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($43K). Other common destinations include Spokane, Wash. and Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UI grads with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) (average earnings climb to about $107K per year). Those with a B.A. in Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $40K per year.


Former Vandals who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 23 percent more than other alumni (approximately $77K on average). UI grads are usually competent in Project Management, and a little less than a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Additional benefits handed to University of Idaho alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Kansas State University grads report the most similar salaries to UI alums, earning $63K on average. Other schools similar to UI include the Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Nevada-Reno.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1420 1750
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for University of Idaho


31 %
69 %
$33,508 - $69,609
$40,260 - $97,458
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
$32,985 - $88,660
$39,359 - $97,930
$38,783 - $80,000
$40,547 - $95,000
$42,785 - $87,060
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